Policy Analyst | Youth Team


The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty organization advancing policy solutions that work for people with low incomes and people of color. We advocate for public policies and programs at the federal, state, and local levels that reduce poverty, improve the lives of people with low incomes, and advance racial and economic justice. Our solutions directly address the barriers that individuals and families face because of race, ethnicity, low income, and immigration status.

For more than 50 years, we have kept our vision alive through trusted expertise on policy and strategy, knowledgeable and committed staff, partnerships with directly impacted people and grassroots leaders, and approaches to economic and racial justice that are bold, innovative, and inclusive.

Within our broad anti-poverty mission, CLASP is organized around five policy teams: Child Care and Early Education; Education, Labor, and Worker Justice; Income and Work Supports; Immigration and Immigrant Families; and Youth Policy.


The team seeks to advance a vision for policy and systems change co-created with youth and young adults, ages 16-25, that centers safety, healing and well-being, and economic and racial justice. The team advances policy, community strategies, and investments that support economic mobility, community safety, and equal access to quality health and mental health resources, while also dismantling structural barriers that prevent youth of color and youth with low incomes from opportunities to transform their lives. The CLASP Youth Policy Team houses two cross-cutting bodies of work, including justice and safe communities, that center youth but include a broader population focus. 

About CLASP’s Intersectional Approach to Justice

The disproportionate impact our criminal legal system has on individuals living in poverty and communities of color is core to CLASP’s commitment to advancing economic justice. CLASP approaches our intersectional justice portfolio through a three pillar strategy that combats the disparate and draconian decades-long impact of mass incarceration: no-entry (mostly focused on diversion and prevention for youth and young adults); entry (mitigating further detrimental impact while incarcerated through targeted education, training, and employment, mental health services); and reentry (rebuilding opportunities, reducing collateral consequences focused on postsecondary and employment pathway and jobs, mental health, and access to food and nutrition benefits).

Our work is grounded in a deep understanding of the lived experiences, strengths, and challenges of impacted populations; robust data and research; and practitioners’ and state/local leaders’ insights about barriers that undermine strategies, programs, and interventions for and with incarcerated individuals and returning citizens.


Supervised by the youth policy director, the policy analyst will develop content and shape strategy at the intersection of youth economic justice and the impacts of the criminal legal system. Core areas of work will include decriminalization of youth spaces and culture, youth workforce development as a strategy to prevent community violence, and reentry and reintegration pathways.  At different times, work may include:

  • Tracking and analyzing legislative and regulatory developments at the federal level, and for select states and local localities related to criminal justice reform, education, workforce development, and immigration.
  • Building relationships, partnerships and collaborations with other leaders and organizations advancing similar policy issues and committee staff on Capitol Hill.
  • Collaborating to provide technical assistance to advocates; funders; mayoral staff; and state and local workforce, education, reentry, and corrections agency staff.
  • Engaging with youth development, youth workforce development, health, justice, education, and anti-poverty advocates about CLASP’s policy solutions.
  • Monitoring, synthesizing, and reporting on findings from academic and other research organizations, in support of key advocacy goals.
  • Identifying policy-relevant data questions and answering them with available data.
  • Writing for and speaking to diverse audiences (thought leaders and stakeholders at the federal, state, and local levels) about key ideas and lessons through papers, briefings, convenings, presentations, and web content.
  • Building relationships, partnerships, and collaborations with directly impacted individuals, other leaders, and organizations advancing similar policy issues.
  • Writing reports and fact sheets to document effective state policies and program elements for reentry and reintegration for returning citizens.
  • Leading discussions with state policymakers and representing CLASP at national conferences.
  • Monitoring federal regulations; submitting comments on draft regulations; and explaining notices of  proposed rulemaking, as well as interim and final rules.


  • Demonstrated commitment to CLASP’s mission of reducing poverty and improving the lives of people with low incomes while centering racial equity, and to understanding the structural implications of income, racial, and ethnic inequities on communities, families, and individual lives.
  • A  passion for driving change on behalf of young people living in poverty and those impacted by systemic inequities in the American criminal legal system
  • Substantive expertise in the impact of the criminal legal system on youth, families, and communities acquired through policy advocacy, research, direct service or lived experience.
  • Outstanding  writing and oral communication skills, with an ability to synthesize and effectively communicate ideas persuasively and creatively to influence diverse audiences.
  • Strong  policy analysis skills, including the capacity to understand and use data to assess the strengths and weaknesses of policy options, and understanding how policy proposals translate for community programs and staff.
  • Demonstrated capacity to build relationships with national, state, and/or local criminal justice advocates and stakeholders.
  • Capacity to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team, with a drive to contribute original work.
  • Effectiveness under pressure, including the abilities to manage complex and multiple tasks, set priorities, and juggle multiple deadlines successfully.
  • Experience in meeting management and facilitation; supporting state and/or local government technical assistance to improve education, criminal justice, corrections, and/or workforce policies; proficiency in Excel, Power Point, website content management systems, and HTML; and general youth policy/youth development knowledge preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and a minimum of 2 years’ related experience or a master’s degree or other advanced degree.
  • Candidate must be based  in Washington, D.C. or willing to relocate.

COVID Policy

We have a mandatory vaccine policy as a condition of employment (applicable accommodations apply).


Salary is commensurate with experience. CLASP offers exceptional benefits, including several health insurances options, dental insurance, vision insurance, life and long-term disability insurance, long-term care insurance, a 403(b)-retirement program, and flexible spending accounts, as well as generous vacation, paid sick leave, paid family and medical leave, and holiday schedules.



Please submit application with cover letter. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

CLASP is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.